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Mississippi Mud Cookies

The ol’ Hospitality State and its muddy claim to fame provides inspiration for these marvelous Mississippi Mud Cookies. With two kinds of chocolate, crunchy pecans, and toasted marshmallows, you’ll up your cookie game a notch or two! If you’ve never heard of Mississippi Mud, you’re probably thinking it can’t possibly be something you’d eat. If you are familiar with this niche of the dessert world, though, that phrase has transported you to a fudgy fantasy land . . . fluffy chocolate clouds floating in a vast chocolate sky in Cocoa-ville. Think “Death by Chocolate” but with marshmallows. The desserts,...

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Caramel Stuffed Brownies

This is your ticket to brownie bliss – a rich, fudgy brownie wrapped around a thick, buttery caramel layer and topped with crisp pecans and chocolate chips. Bring on the sweet, sweet chocolate coma! Politics and football are two divisive topics we usually try to avoid at family gatherings. There’s only one thing more polarizing, something that makes tempers flare and parties retreat to their opposing corners with extreme prejudice. Brownies. Some connoisseurs are staunch purists, requiring a thick, fudgy square of chocolate without any nuts, marshmallows, or even chocolate chips to get in the way. Others are mavericks,...

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Chicken Vesuvio

Lovers of the Windy City, rejoice! One of Chicago’s most beloved dishes is Here. And man, oh man, is this easy Chicken Vesuvio good. It is hearty, garlicky, and classically Chicago. Even if you don’t have any connection to the dish’s Chicago roots, everyone can enjoy this family style Italian comfort food. This easy and inexpensive meal is a perfect addition to your weeknight meal rotation. I make it at least once a month, because the recipe calls for one pot, and ingredients I already have in my cupboard. Plus, it’s very easy to double, which makes it perfect...

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Gingerbread Mickey Cookies

Looking for a fun, unique holiday treat? These Gingerbread Mickey Cookies will be the darling of your dessert table with their instantly recognizable shape and delicious chocolate shell. Growing up, my grandmother always baked gingerbread cookies during the holiday season. I would walk into her kitchen and see stacks and stacks of un-decorated gingerbread cookies on her counter. Then we’d all gather up with our bowls full of icing and sprinkles and such – snack time and arts-and-crafts time all in one. These scrumptious Gingerbread Mickey Cookies are every bit as delicious as Grandma’s cookies. They are moist and...

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Chocoflan Recipe

Opposites do attract, and in epic dessert fashion! Discover the charm of Chocoflan – a masterful union of fudgy chocolate cake and creamy vanilla custard. That little machine that makes chocolate and vanilla swirled ice cream might just be my favorite invention (second to air conditioning, of course). Why spend precious time at the counter pondering the age-old question of “chocolate or vanilla” when you can have both? “Both” (or “one of everything”) is,  after all, my dining philosophy, and it’s one of the reasons I love to make this Chocoflan. In one unassuming Bundt pan, you’ll construct the...

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